As of 2011 there were 978 residents in the town of Pinehouse. Cree is the main language with over two thirds of the population speaking Cree. The mayor is Mike Natomagan. In the 1940s a Roman Catholic Church was built followed by a store and following years a school. At the moment Pinehouse currently has a gas station, store, RCMP detachment, village office, fire department, health clinic and skating arena. I feel the town of Pinehouse would benefit greatly from a museum which would hold the town’s history. I feel this could be done with minimal costs.
For the start up of the museum, I would use I would heavily rely on volunteers, I would strongly incorporate the museum with the school and encourage class trips to fix up or help build a cultural museum. The self pride put into helping build and maintains the museum will encourage a long future for the museum. As for materials needed to construct the museum, donations would be welcomed and I would apply for all grants and any ways to obtain funds to make the museum as nice as possible.
The museum would display the history of the town and its people. The museum would include its historic events such as there being was both a North West Company post and rival post near the mouth of the Tippo River which is just south of Pinehouse Lake, which changed First Nations day to day lives forever from the 1780s onward.
In addition, the Hudson Bay Company had a post at the north end of the Pinehouse Lake. Most of the residents which numbered about 100 people in the 1920s and 1930s, they would eventfully leave that area and move to Pinehouse.
Missionaries first visited the Dene population of Pinehouse Lake in 1899, and a short time after a smallpox epidemic killed off half of the population in the area in the year 1900. These events are crucial for the town’s history and preserving the town’s past and so much more.
I feel the only obstacle facing opening a cultural museum in the town of Pinehouse would be a lack of volunteers however if a lack of volunteers was unable to fill the board of trustees another support staff member would be brought in.
The school currently has over 800 students, finding a few different students to participate in maintenance and to work under the manager would be ideal. This would allow the center to be fully sustainable aside basic utilities costs after start up.
I would recommend the center be governed by two levels of management: a museum manager who will implement policies and report to the other level of management, the manager may...